Esther and Andres
Esther Chin was born in Malaysia and moved to the US to complete her education at Western Michigan University, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations. After school, she moved to New York City, where she eventually opened her own business. In 2018, after deciding it was time for a change, Esther sold her company and relocated to Vero Beach, FL.
A foodie through and through, Esther loved to attend farmer’s markets. There, her passion and curiosity prompted her to start asking questions and looking closely at where her food came from. Eventually, inspired by the local farmers at the Vero Beach Farmers Market, she started her own garden and discovered her green thumb! When it got to the point where she had more produce than she knew what to do with, she began experimenting with infusing homemade, fresh pasta with her own herbs and veggies, and she was hooked! She spent the next six months making pasta from scratch - try - taste - repeat, using herbs and vegetables right out of her own garden.
She is the embodiment of her favorite quote by Bo Songvisava:
“Learning about the environment and what we do with it in society reorganizes the priorities of what is important in life. It’s not only cooking, but it’s also not only eating. It’s how you live your life. It does not only affect you but the next generation. I feel this responsibility to preserve and pass on our planet. If you choose the sustainable approach, it will last to the next generation. It can be a way of life.”
Andres Cechetto is originally from Argentina, where he spent nearly a decade working for the government and large companies in the HR department.
Tempted out of his career in HR by his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, Andres, and a partner launched a successful day spa, which they grew to 2 locations. He handled all of the business finances, HR, legal work, and customer relationship management before selling his equity and following his passion into the food industry.
Andres was offered an apprenticeship program in Argentina, where he started as a baker, eventually working his way up to executive chef in the yachting industry. His talents landed him the coveted position as a private chef for several high-profile clients throughout Europe, Asia, and America.
In his travels, Andres met Esther, and they bonded over their love of food, fell in love, and got married. Choosing to give up his career as a traveling chef to be at home with Esther, Andres has now added his business acumen to Garden of Esther and is helping to expand the company. He is the CEO and is responsible for product manufacturing, management, and recipe creation. He is also the buyer for specialty products offered in the Gourmet Market.
“Food is powerful. It can stir memories, heal us or harm us, connect us, and wake us up. Cooking is my passion, and for me, food is a language that breaks barriers. When done right, food brings people together, awakens our senses, and opens us fully to experience the world all around us.”